For many people (myself included) network can be a daunting task – the idea that a conversation with a stranger feels almost against nature, and yes, admittedly clumsy as well, but believe it or not, the more you put there, and meet people, the more it seems to become. The more people you get to know over the network, and the results of your networking efforts can be very rewarding personally and professionally, when done correctly.
Networking is more than just a flat on many cards as possible, it is to build relationships with people, and it takes time. In fact, it was said that there are 7 points of contact with someone to build a relationship where they know, like the trust you enough to do to do business with you. Of course, May 7 as many contacts at first, but if you really think about it, it makes sense. Building trust takes time, certainly, and you do business with someone you do not trust? I do not think.
Here are some tips to help you ease in networks:
Start with your current network: family, friends and employees, past and present can all be the beginning of your network. Do not be afraid to tell them what your company and even to ask whether each of them, interest in your services can get there.
Look online: The Internet is a great place to find networking events in and around your area. Look at networking events funded; visit the web sites such as LinkedIn and meetup.com or a Google search for the network of clubs and events in your area.
Do not sell your business: When you meet people do not immediately push your services, they are a quick and dirty. Be interested in the other person to listen and care about us, what they say and try to connect. Remember that business is all relationships.
Look, listen and learn: When you meet other people in your networking events, making them a good networker opinion and trying to spend some of their techniques.
Keep checking with your network: This is an important and often overlooked in the networks. Be sure to keep in touch with your network to see what they are up and how you can help. Give them a call or e-mail, please send an interesting article, invite them to an event you think may be interested in.